Marvel Snap reassures players it will 'continue to operate' despite closure of publisher Nuverse as TikTok parent ByteDance looks to exit gaming

Ironheart from Marvel Snap
(Image credit: Nuverse)

Following a report that Marvel Snap publisher Nuverse is being wound down by parent company ByteDance as part of a complete withdrawal from the videogame business, developer Second Dinner says the game "will continue to operate and flourish" into the future.

Concerns about the future of Marvel Snap followed a Reuters report citing multiple sources saying ByteDance, best known as the parent of short-form video platform TikTok, has decided to pull out of the game business entirely. Work on unreleased projects is being halted, according to the report, and ByteDance is looking to sell its released games to other companies. A ByteDance representative confirmed that the company is restructuring its gaming business, but provided no further details.

"We regularly review our businesses and make adjustments to centre on long-term strategic growth areas," the rep said. "Following a recent review, we've made the difficult decision to restructure our gaming business."

Not long after that report, Second Dinner, a studio founded in 2018 by former Hearthstone director Ben Brode, posted a message on Twitter reassuring players that all is well.

"Some of our players have expressed their concerns regarding reported structural changes at Nuverse," the studio wrote. "We wish to thank you for your concern and assure you that regardless of any changes at Nuverse, Snap will continue to operate and flourish in the future!"

(Image credit: Marvel Snap (Twitter))

Marvel Snap is Nuverse's best-known game, and despite some shortcomings we liked it quite a lot. It's also recently published an "open-world high fantasy RPG" for PC called Dragonheir: Silent Gods, along with a handful of mobile games. None of them have made an impression comparable to Marvel Snap: Dragonheir holds a "mixed" user rating on Steam, while mobile gaming site Pocket Tactics described the 2021 release Warhammer 40,000: Lost Crusade unflatteringly as "grind for the grind god."

ByteDance made no mention of possible job cuts as a result of the closure of Nuverse, but a separate TechCrunch report says "mass layoffs" are already underway. Nuverse had grown to approximately 3,000 employees as of 2021. ByteDance also recently cut much of the content team at VR company Pico, although it said in October that it remains committed to VR and "will continue to invest in the extended reality (XR) business over the long term."

Update: In a statement provided to PC Gamer, a Nuverse representative said the company "has made some adjustments and arrangements in the gaming business, but the impact on the development team of Dragonheir: Silent Gods is limited." Work on the game will continue, and a second season will be launched "in the near future." There was no further comment on the future of Marvel Snap, however.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.